Course Descriptions

ENDO 600 Research

This course provides opportunity for students to engage in research in endodontics and related sciences. Though involvement is arranged to suit individual needs, time commitment will be approximately 4 hours per week during each semester of the program. Students work with advisors experienced in research methodologies and scientific writing. Instruction is given by appropriate faculty on an individual basis. Student activities include library research, writing a literature review, developing a research protocol, hands-on research, gathering and analyzing data, interpreting experimental results, developing conclusions and measuring outcomes. Research accomplished during this course is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Dental Science degree awarded by the UTHSC, College of Graduate Health Sciences.

ENDO 611 Contemporary Evidence-Based Journal Club

Ongoing review of current, pertinent, professional literature is fundamental to the successful practice of endodontics. For postdoctoral students, knowledge of current professional literature is essential to developing theoretical and practical patient management skills. The assessment of current literature for its evidence-based value is critical. Journal Club provides a mechanism for surveying major dental periodicals to identify important articles, reviewing those articles, and discussing each article in an open seminar format. Seminars are held once each week throughout the duration of the program. This schedule is necessary to stay abreast of the ever-expanding volume of endodontic literature.

ENDO 614 Classic Literature Review

Continuous weekly seminar devoted to review of endodontic and related literature and discussion of research methods. Selected articles in a particular topic are carefully reviewed and analyzed. The residents learn to critically read and evaluate the scientific evidence that supports endodontic principles and practice.

ENDO 620 Introduction to Clinical Endodontics Lecture and Lab

This course is designed to review current philosophies and techniques of endodontic practice as presented in current textbooks in order to give the students the opportunity to demonstrate their current endodontic clinical skills, and to allow the residents the opportunity to modify their philosophies and techniques and improve their skills

ENDO 622 Teaching Methodology and Lecture Skills

A series of seminars aiming to introduce teaching methodologies and lecturing/public speaking. The resident is involved in dynamic interactive discussions concerning teaching strategies and is taken through a series of lecturing exercises.

ENDO 625 Case Presentation Seminar

The purpose of this seminar is to provide a forum in which clinical experiences can be shared and in which discussion of clinical cases presented will benefit not only the presenter, but all in attendance.

ENDO 660 Seminars in Endodontics

These seminar series in endodontics are presented in a variety of formats (literature/textbook review and discussion, lecture, student presentations, invited speaker demonstrations and seminar) and are designed to provide an in-depth level of knowledge in contemporary endodontic treatment modalities that are developing at a pace which is not reflected in the current endodontic literature. Invited guests who are recognized leaders in their respective fields present lectures, seminars, interactive group discussions and hands-on experiences for the most up to date clinically relevant topics.

ENDO 666 Clinical Endodontic Practice

The clinical emphasis is on developing proficiency with a single basic technique, although competence with alternative techniques is demanded. Clinical experience will include the complete scope of endodontic practice. Medically compromised patients, as well as healthy patients, are treated under appropriate supervision. The range of treatment includes emergency and diagnostic treatment; conservative and surgical therapy; vital and non-vital bleaching procedures; implants, replants, and root-extrusion techniques. A minimum of 180 clinical cases must be completed. These cases must demonstrate a clinically acceptable result. There must be a variety of treatment modalities. Cases are reviewed with all students monthly during Case Presentation Seminar. Grades are determined by the resident's progress in developing stated competencies and proficiencies and by progress toward completion of the required minimum number of cases.

ENDO 693 Teaching Clerkship

All endodontic residents serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Endodontics. As teaching assistants, residents are involved in the organized instruction of pre-doctoral dental students (D2-D4.) Experience is gained in both pre-clinical endodontic laboratory courses and pre-doctoral endodontic clinics. Residents are subjectively monitored for content and quality of teaching.

DSCI 705 Advanced Oral Pathology

This course is designed to provide a review of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the graduate level. The course content is broad and includes a range of pathological conditions from developmental anomalies, infections including viral hepatitis and HIV/AIDS, cyst and tumors of all soft and hard tissue of the jaw bones and surrounding tissue, pathological discolorations, precancer, oral cancer including recent diagnostic techniques, immune-mediated disorders, and oral manifestations of systemic disease. This spectrum of pathological processes affects a wide age range and pediatric demography is emphasized when encountered. Presentation of the material and construction of the course is based on topics found in the textbook "Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology", 3rd edition by Neville, Damm and Allen. This textbook is the foremost resource on the subject and includes an all color format with hundreds of pictures, charts, tables and diagrams to assist in the recognition of various pathological conditions affecting the oral cavity, jaws, salivary glands and the head and neck. Several charts including a differential diagnosis based on color changes, surface alterations, masses or enlargements, bone alterations and abnormalities of teeth can also be found in the appendix from pages 919-936. The course is constructed with succinct Power Point presentations aimed at discussing the essentials of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from a clinical point of view. The purpose of these presentations is to assist the graduate residents in recalling their undergraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology curriculum and to provide information on the management of these various conditions in their dental specialty practice. This approach seeks to prepare the participant for a holistic practice of dentistry

DSCI 710 Advanced Dental Applied Pharmacology

This graduate course focuses on the clinical application of advanced pharmacologic and pharmacotherapeutic principles for specialty practitioners in dentistry. Topics covered include general pharmacology principles, alternative (herbal) products, emergency medicine drugs, drugs affecting the central & autonomic nervous systems, drugs affecting the cardiovascular system, agents used in conscious sedation, local analgesics & vasoconstrictors, chemotherapy drugs, immunosuppressant drugs, antihistamines, autacoids, and anti-inflammatory medications. Issues of age-related alterations in pharmacodynamics, the problems of poly-pharmacy, and important drug-drug interactions are highlighted and discussed. The course incorporates self-study through an online instructional instrument and seminar sessions devoted to evidence-based literature reviews covering topics of interest to dental specialists. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics.

DSCI 801 Dental Ethics

Courses Online Dental Ethics (CODE) is a series of online courses in dental ethics and professionalism. The American College of Dentists developed and manages CODE and related resources at There are no registration fees or tuition and the American College of Dentists welcomes and encourages coordinated educational experiences in educational facilities. There are currently over 30 online ethics modules intended for all dental students and professional. Sixteen of the modules identified as particularly relevant to postgraduate dental education and the specialty practice of dentistry will constitute this course.

DSCI 805-01 Oral Embryology and Histology

This course is designed to provide fundamental knowledge on the development, morphology, histology and function of basic tissue, dentofacial structures including the salivary glands, teeth, and the temporomandibular joint. The understanding of this science is essential because it lays the foundation for an insight into the form and structure of the human body in general and the orofacial and dental tissue in particular. Topic handouts will be made available in PDF format on Blackboard.

DSCI 805-02 Experimental Design and Research Methods

This course is an introduction to research, including methods of designing experiments and evaluating experimental data.

DSCI 805-03 Microbiology and Immunology

This lecture and seminar course is conducted with the assistance of basic science faculty members with expertise in the areas of microbiology, allergy, and immunology. Included are lectures on classification, morphology, Gram staining, attachment, structure, culture, metabolism, identification and colonization of microorganisms, periodontopathic bacteria, bacterial metabolism, virulence factors, and attachment mechanisms. Host defense presentations include lectures on T and B cells, antigens, mitogens, antibody-mediated reactions, complement, humoral and cell mediated interactions, cytokines, laboratory immunologic assays and their clinical significance.

DSCI 806-01 Graduate Oral Biology

This course provides expanded knowledge of the physiologic and biochemical principles involved in oral function. Topics are selected to develop an appreciation of the oral cavity and its associated structures as an integral part of a larger functional unit. Lectures address respiration, speech, deglutition, mastication, neurophysiology, bone and joint physiology, and kinesiology as they apply to the oral environment.

DSCI 806-02 Biostatistics

This course introduces students to widely used methods for analysis of experimental and observational data with orientation toward statistical inference from dental research.

DSCI 806-03 Biomechanics & Biomaterials

This graduate course is designed to teach dental residents how to integrate what is currently known about Biomechanics & Biomaterials into their clinical specialties.

DSCI 806-04 Head and Neck Anatomy

This course presents a detailed study of anatomic structures fundamental to dental specialty training. Emphasis is placed on functional (rather than architectural) relationships as they relate to growth, development, and clinical treatment. Participants review standard texts of anatomy and radiology, and other professional literature, in order to support specialty-specific questions/topics. Instructor will guide discussion, add and source information, present clinical case(s), sample corollaries and questions. Groups, with representatives from each dental specialty, will present a topical overview followed by clinical correlates and imagery.

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Phone: 901-448-1731
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Program Director

Dr. David Clement